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Popular skating coaches hang ‘em up

Wendy and Brad Loosley are retiring after coaching countless local children in figure skating.
Heather Wright Photo

Heather Wright They find skates more comfortable than shoes, which is what will make retirement so hard for Brad and Wendy Loosley. Sarnia’s former acting city clerk and his wife have been a constant presence in the skating world for 47 and 34 years respectively. But they want to spend time with each other and… Read more »

More UFOs reported over Sarnia

New sightings bring to nine the number of UFOs reported over Sarnia by at least 18 people in the past year and a half. The image here is a photo illustration only.

They just won’t go away. After The Journal reported a spike in UFO sightings over Sarnia in April, residents have continued to report seeing unidentified flying objects over the city. One report comes from a Bright’s Grove resident who said she sighted a “diamond-shaped object” with a “glowing circular light” in the middle. The incident… Read more »

Sarnia, Above it All


Sarnia’s Canatara Beach, seen on the right, was awarded “Blue Flag” status last week, meaning it meets the coveted international standard for water quality, management and safety. Only two dozen other Canadian beaches have earned the tourist-friendly designation. In the foreground is Lake Chipican, with Canatara Park and, at the top, the twin spans of… Read more »

World’s best wakeskaters in town for tour event

Sarnia's Matthew Mulholland practises wakeskating at Boarder Pass beside the Sarnia Bay Marina. Fifty of the world's top wakeskater are in Sarnia this weekend for the first ever Canadian stop on the Wakeskate Tour. Competitors wear shoes but no bindings to allow complicated tricks to be done including shoves, grabs and flips.
Glenn Ogilvie

At least 50 of the world’s best wakeskaters will be competing on Sarnia’s waterfront this weekend, vying to become the 2014 international champion. “These guys are the best of the best,” says host Tim Nixon, co-owner of Sarnia Boarder Pass. “They do tricks that defy nature, really cool spins and flips with the board.” Nixon… Read more »

Happy Canada Day, Sarnia


Ever wonder what Sarnia’s Canada Day fireworks looks like before they go off? Workers from Garden City Display Fireworks were busy setting up the charges Tuesday on The Point Lands, near Sarnia Bay Marina. Above, Gerry Veerman loads one of  tubes.  Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal

OPINION: Why ticks are bugging me

A blacklegged tick, also known as deer tick.
Centres for Disease Control Photo

Deer ticks have arrived in Sarnia-Lambton, and that has me rattled. I’m the kind of person who loves nothing better than to wander woods, trails and out-of-the-way places. Ticks, like mosquitoes, are the price of admission. But the sudden appearance of deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, has me thinking twice about the paths less… Read more »

Green companies taking root


Sarnia has taken two more small steps in moving from an oil-based economy to a more sustainable one. First up was BioAmber, which has secured a $20 million loan to build the world’s largest bio-based succinic acid production facility. The soon-to-open plant at Lanxess will convert corn into succinic acid, a chemical used in many… Read more »

MP hosts suicide prevention forum


Sarnia-Lambton is ahead of the pack when it comes to suicide prevention, says Denis Boileau who was recently hired as the region’s suicide prevention co-ordinator. There are still obvious gaps in service and a need for more funding but a lot of good work is already being done here, Boileau said June 25 at a… Read more »

Recognizing our amazing youth


The Celebration of Youth Awards is the YMCA’s way of recognizing outstanding members of the next generation. Winners, who earn a cash prize, are selected for their commitment to community, being good role models for and excelling at what they do. Over the summer The Journal is featuring the 15 Sarnia-area winners, each of whom… Read more »